Harm reduction is a set of ideas and interventions that seek to reduce the harms associated with both drug use and punitive drug policies. For example, using naloxone reverses an opioid overdose. Not sharing needles reduces the risk of contracting infectious diseases. At Drug Policy Alliance, we advocate to expand harm reduction services across the United States.
Harm reduction is designed to meet people where they are at to form connection. Harm reduction empowers people with tools that reduce the risks of drug use, prevent overdose, improve health, and save lives.
Harm reduction is about offering options that can help people who use drugs. It includes:
Harm reduction is a lifesaving tool. It can keep people safer, and alive, while navigating social inequalities and other challenges . This includes homelessness, poverty, and trauma. Health starts where people live, learn, work, and play. Our elected officials must still invest in housing, in livable wages, in better access to health care etc.
They are proven to prevent overdose, curb the spread of blood-borne disease, save lives, and connect people with care. Yet, fear and stigma of drugs create unnecessary barriers to harm reduction which is costing lives. At Drug Policy Alliance, we advocate to expand harm reduction services across the United States.
To learn more about harm reduction, visit our friends at the National Harm Reduction Coalition.